Happy Hens, Great Eggs
Eggs are good value, easy to prepare, versatile, satisfying and delicious. They’re also one of the most complete and nutritious foods. So what’s in them?
Protein - including all the essential amino acids and against which all other protein sources are measured.
Fats – including mono-unsaturated and essential long-chain omega 3 fatty acids. They famously contain cholesterol but this will not affect your blood levels.
Vitamins - A, B2 (riboflavin), B5, B9 (folate), B12 and D.
Minerals - rich in selenium, phosphorous and iron.
Other - choline (the only other food rich in this essential nutrient is liver) - lutein and zeaxanthin (needed by your eyes).
How good your eggs are depends on how the hens have lived. Could you keep your own hens? If that’s not an option and you haven’t any hen-keeping friends, buy the best of what’s available, always free-range, organic when you can. Source eggs from good, local farms they’re often for sale in your local butcher’s and supermarkets. Sainsbury’s sells woodland eggs from hens free to forage among trees as wild ones would. Steer clear of eggs from caged hens; these naturally inquisitive creatures are happier when free to roam. Beware marketing tricks – is the idyllic farm in the picture a real farm? When factory hens are crammed together there’s a greater likelihood of disease requiring daily antibiotics and adding to the danger we’ll lose the use of these life-saving drugs one day. They are also fed just on grains without all the plants and little critters they would grub up if they were outside. Cheap eggs are a false economy; free-range eggs have a superior nutritional profile with double the amount of vitamins and omega 3 fats.
Top Tip – Eat eggs laid by happy hens!